Family Dentist located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
Are chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth holding you back from smiling your best? If so, dental bonding might be able to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. At Shine DDS in Brooklyn, New York, Evelyn Shine, DDS, uses dental bonding to help her patients with minor defects achieve a better, brighter smile that they feel happy sharing with the world. To get started on your smile upgrade with dental bonding, call the offices or schedule a consultation online today.
Bonding Q & A
What is dental bonding?
Bonding is a dental procedure that’s used to fix minor cosmetic imperfections in your teeth. A thin layer of tooth-colored composite is painted over one or more of your teeth to restore or improve your smile. It’s called “bonding” because the composite permanently “bonds” to your teeth.
What can bonding be used for?
Dr. Shine and her team can use bonding to improve your smile in a variety of ways, such as:
- Restoring teeth that are chipped, cracked, decayed, or discolored
- Filling in small gaps between teeth
- Changing the size or shape of a tooth
Bonding is also frequently used as a filling material for the treatment of cavities, and can be used to protect tooth roots that become exposed due to gum recession.
Why should I get bonding?
Bonding is one of the more cost-effective solutions for fixing damaged teeth, and is a significantly cheaper alternative to other restoration procedures like crowns, bridges, and veneers. It also doesn’t require removing as much enamel from your teeth as crowns, bridges, and veneers, making it a quicker and more minimally invasive procedure.
Bonding doesn’t tend to last as long as other restoration options, though, and is less stain resistant and more prone to chipping. Dr. Shine recommends bonding mostly for correcting teeth that are in areas of low bite pressure (like your front teeth) or for minor cosmetic fixes.
What’s the procedure for dental bonding?
Bonding is a relatively quick procedure that can be done in a single 30-60 minute office visit with no anesthesia.
Dr. Shine first uses a shade guide to pick a composite resin color that precisely matches the color of your natural teeth. Next, she prepares your tooth by etching its surface and making it a little rougher. This allows her to apply a conditioning liquid that will help the bonding material stick.
Once your tooth is prepared, she applies the putty-like resin and molds it so that it’s shaped properly. After everything is in place and looks right, she hardens the resin with ultraviolet light before doing some final trims and shapings.
Finally, she polishes the tooth and sends you on your way. Because the procedure is so minimally invasive, you can resume your normal activities immediately after with no downtime for recovery.
To get the smile you’ve always wanted, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Shine and her team at Shine DDS. You can call the office or book your visit online.